A recent study offered the exact same Nissan Altima for sale in Southern California. The purchase prices ranged from 20K to 26K, the savvy car buyers saving more that 5K! Those who paid the most walked into the dealership without having done any research or prices comparisons.
If you are shopping for a new or used car, here some tips that we hope will help you get the best deal possible.
1. Expand your search. Car shipping is easier and more affordable than you might think, so don't be afraid to look past that 150 mile radius for a good price. (Yes, yes, we are a bit biased towards this tip)...
2. Research actual pricing using online tools such as TrueCar, and Kelly Blue Book. Make a note of the lowest price point that you see for that make and model you are interested in.
3. E-mail the dealerships that have your desired vehicle in stock, and ask them if they can beat that low price point, or give their best price quote.
4. Take the lowest quote you receive back, and send another round of e-mails asking if anyone of them can beat your lowest bid.
5. Contact the sales manager who provided that lowest quote, and confirm that the price quoted is the "out the door price" - with other other fees or costs tacked on later.
Other Helpful Car Buying Tips:
- Don't be persuaded to pay more because of dealership promises to stand by their vehicles. The truth is, most reputable dealerships have service centers because they add another profit center for the business.
- Don't offer your current vehicle as trade-in. Even though it offers a level of convenience, almost always you will get more for your vehicle by selling it directly.
- Don't get emotionally attached. No matter how perfectly suited a vehicle may seem, there are always going to be hundreds more just like it for sale at any given time.
- Don't be in a hurry. Take your time to shop around and don't buy into any sales pressure or urgency tactics.
- Focus on the total sales price, NOT the monthly payment. You'll end up paying thousands more due to higher interest rates in order to save just a few dollars on the monthly payment.
When you finally find the right vehicle, we are happy and eager to answer any questions you may have about Vehicle Transportation! 866-221-1664
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.